Leadership

Creating an inspiring vision
of the Carlex future

We believe in the Servant Leadership paradigm.

Traditional leadership tends to be focused inward and upward. Supervisors ask, “What did you do for me today?” In a Servant Leadership model, leaders ask their team, “What can I do to help you be successful?”

The key traits of our leaders include the ability to listen, empathize, lead by example and collaborate across different areas of the company. Our Servant Leaders approach every day asking how they can help their team be more successful and move them forward.

We’ve chosen Servant Leadership so everyone at Carlex can grow, develop and achieve their professional goals.

Toru Ogawa

Chief Executive Officer, Carlex
Executive Officer, Central Glass Co., Ltd.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Business and Commerce, Keio University

Toru has served Carlex as the Chief Executive Officer since March 2013 and became an Executive Officer of its parent company, Central Glass Co., Ltd., in June 2015.

Toru joined Central Glass in 1983 and through his broad experience in the automotive glass industry, he has obtained a high level of expertise in every aspect of the business. He has in-depth knowledge of marketing, operations, production processes, new technologies and other areas related to OEM business. Before assuming his current position at Carlex, he worked as general manager of the Automotive Glass Department of Central Glass for two years. During his tenure, he led the acquisition of the Nashville plant. Under Toru’s North America leadership, three additional manufacturing facilities were acquired in North America and Europe.

Donald P. Michelotti

President and COO

Education

Bachelor of Science & Master of Science, Engineering, West Virginia University

Don brings a comprehensive background in business leadership, sales and marketing, general management, manufacturing management and sales management. Don has led the automotive replacement business to significant top- and bottom-line growth, and has forged strategic industry alliances. He also oversees sales, advanced product development and operations for the business.

Previously, Don served as executive vice president and held commercial and leadership responsibilities for global OEM sales teams. He has led turn-around situations at several manufacturing sites in the United States and Canada, and been responsible for multi-site manufacturing operations throughout North America.

Don is a registered professional engineer, holds six U.S. Patents, and has completed continuing executive education studies at Columbia University and the University of Michigan.

Mindy Bartel

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance

Education

Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, Eastern Kentucky University

Master of Business Administration, University of Dayton

Certifications

Certified Management Accountant

While overseeing finance functions at Carlex, Mindy focuses on profitability and equity value increases, process improvement and employee engagement through effective leadership, strategic analysis, clarity and drive. She has over 25 years of financial leadership experience in manufacturing and technology service industries.

Prior to joining Carlex in 2015, she served as CFO for a plastic injection molding company. Other prior positions include Finance Operating Partner and portfolio company CFO for a private equity firm as well as CFO for various other manufacturing companies.

David Kaufman

Senior Vice President, OEM
Managing Director of Carlex Glass Luxembourg S.A.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Purdue University

Masters of Business Administration, Finance, University of Saint Francis

Management Development Program, The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia

David is responsible for global OEM business strategy, commercial excellence, product engineering and program management at Carlex, and has safety, quality and full operational profit-and-loss responsibility for Carlex in Europe. He began his career in the automotive glass fabrication industry in 2000 as a program manager at Guardian Automotive, where he progressed into the following roles of increasing responsibility: European sales manager, director of sales North America and global vice president sales, product engineering, program management and business development. He joined Carlex in November 2014 where he helped in the successful acquisition and integration of Guardian Automotive into the Carlex family.

Prior to Guardian Automotive, David worked at Navistar International Truck and Engine in the advanced structures and materials engineering group where he was responsible for developing and launching a new windshield technology on multiple new programs.

He is a member of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association.

Sean (Seiji) Konishi

Senior Executive Vice President, Business Planning, Carlex
Director and Executive Vice President, Central Glass America, Inc.

Education

Bachelor of Art, Law, Waseda University

Sean has been a key contributor to Carlex operations for 20 years, and has served as senior executive vice president of the Carlex Group and executive vice president of Central Glass America, Inc. since March 2013. Sean was the vice president responsible for finance and human resources of the earlier Carlex entity from April 2006 to April 2008.

Sean joined Central Glass Co., Ltd., a parent company of Carlex, in April 1986. He started his career in human resources before moving to the international and global business arena. He has extensive experience in international business negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, and startup of representative offices and joint-ventures in the U.S. and many countries in Asia. This includes Central Glass’ acquisition of Nashville operations, which led to the establishment of Carlex Glass America, LLC, and the acquisition of automotive glass subsidiaries of Guardian Industries Corp. Before he assumed the current position at Carlex, he served as general manager of the International Business Department of Central Glass.